Regarding the armies, this was the decision: the legions from Gaul, which had been under the command of Gaius Laelius, to be transferred to Marcus Tuccius the propraetor for service among
the Brutti, the army which was in Sicily to be brought home, and the fleet which was there to be conducted to Rome by Marcus Sempronius the propraetor.
For the Spains the single legions which were then in those provinces were decreed, and the praetors were allowed to enlist as reinforcements from the allies and to transport with them each three thousand [p. 119]
infantry and two hundred cavalry.
Before the new1
magistrates departed for their provinces a three day period of prayer was proclaimed in the name of the college of decemvirs at all the street-corner shrines because in the day-time, between about the third and fourth hours, darkness had covered everything.2
Also a nine-day sacrifice was decreed because (so it was said) there had been a shower of stones on the Aventine.
since, according to the decree which had been passed the year before, the censors compelled them to be assessed at Rome —for previously it had been uncertain where they should be assessed —requested that they should be permitted to take Roman citizens as wives, that any who had already married Roman citizens should be allowed to keep them, and that children born before this day should be legitimate, and capable of inheriting from their fathers.4
Both requests were granted.
Respecting the residents in the municipalities5
of Formiae, Fundi and Arpinum, Gaius Valerius Tappo, tribune of the people, proposed that the right to vote —for previously the citizenship without the right to vote had belonged to them —should be conferred upon them.
When four tribunes of the people vetoed this bill, on the ground that it was not proposed with the sanction6
of the senate, and they were informed that it was the prerogative of the assembly, not the senate, to bestow the franchise upon whomsoever it desired, they gave up the effort.
The bill was passed [p. 121]
with the provision that the people of Formiae and7
Fundi should vote in the tribe called Aemilia
and the Arpinates in the Cornelia;
and in these tribes they were then for the first time registered under the Valerian plebiscite.8
Marcus Claudius Marcellus the censor, having been victorious over Titus Quinctius at the drawing of lots, closed the lustrum.9
The number of citizens shown by the census was two hundred and fifty-eight thousand three hundred and eighteen.10
having been closed, the consuls set out for their provinces.